Furlan Auditorium Production

BYE BYE BIRDIE

Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him and teenage girls around the country scream with glee at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson sees his meal ticket preparing to fly the coop (much to the delight of longtime love Rose Alvarez, who can’t wait for Albert to ditch the music biz and become something respectable, like an English teacher). Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help them survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and Rose hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant his goodbye kiss on one lucky fan for the entire world to see. Their selection of super fan Kim Macafee sends the wholesome enclave of Sweet Apple, Ohio into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation of his lady love’s televised lip-lock. Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s distracted ways. And Sweet Apple can’t take its teens' riotous rebellion, inspired by the arrival of bad-boy Birdie. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?

Albert Peterson – Kyle Breitzman

Rosie Alvarez – Kate Sarner

Helen Moony – Emily Heitzer

Nancy Smith – Molly Kral

Alice Barker – Amy Dorman

Margie Cranston – Maggie Turinski

Freddy Pfifer – Andy Jeske

Karl Marconi – Steve Hnilicka

Harvey Johnson – Sean Langenecker

Penelope Ann Henkel – Jamie Gordon

Hugo Peabody – Daniel Katz

Bobby Gerard – Aaron Scofeild

Ralph Moony – Michael Toots Ruggles

Ursula Merkle – Emily Markenson

Kim MacAfee – Taryn Heller

Doris MacAfee – Peg Zanella

Harry MacAfee – Dan McDermott

Teen Trio – Jamie Gordon, Emily Heitzer, & Molly Kral

Sad Girls – Maggie Turinski & Amy Dorman

Mae Peterson – Trish O’Brien

Trainman – Dan Meyer

NYC Travelers – Christina Burke-Cobey, Joey Rasmus, Diane Rector, Elena Rodriguez, & Karima Taalbi

NYC Policeman – Michael Toots Ruggles

Conrad Birdie – Steve Schacht

Reporters – Jennifer Brandl, Freddy Franklin, & Steve Hnilcka

Conductor – Tristin Ganter

Martha Merkle – Marty Rasmus

Bertha Johnson – Diane Rector

Mayor Moony – Al Schimel

Edna Moony – Elena Rodriguez

Phyllis Henkle – Jennifer Brandl

Mary Henkle – Karima Taalbi

Clara Johnson – Christina Burke-Cobey

Jimmy Merkle – Joey Rasmus

Randolph MacAfee – Tyler Nikolas

Gloria Rasputin – Diane Rector

Ed Sullivan – Brian Faracy

Stage Hand – Michael Toots Ruggles

Stage Manager – Freddy Franklin

Make-Up Lady – Jennifer Brandl

Charles F. Maude – Freddy Franklin

A Shriner – Sean Langenecker

Maude’s Dishwasher – Andy Jeske

The Shriners – Tristin Ganter, Steve Hnilicka, Sean Langenecker, Dan Meyer, Michael Toots Ruggles, & Al Schimel

Sweet Apple Policeman – Michael Toots Ruggles

 

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Direction & Choreography – John Cramer

Music Direction – Sue Stanley

Set – Peter Windingstad

Light Design – John R. Dolphin

Costume Design – Ellen Kozak

Prop Design – Amy Peter

Sound Design – Jan Pritzl

Technical Direction – John Starmer

Orchestration – Jeff Schatzke

Stage Management – Jan Szczepanski & Jenny Walkowiak

Dance Captains – Jamie Gordon, Daniel Katz, & Maggie Turinski